Oral cancer, or cancer of the mouth or throat, affects around 40,000 people each year. While the thought of developing cancer is scary, there are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer. Our team at Ruby Canyon Dental has put together the following list of lifestyle changes you can make to help keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
1. Protect Yourself from the Sun
While we all enjoy spending time outdoors, long periods of sun exposure can increase your risk for oral cancer. If possible, avoid being outside if you don’t have sunscreen protection between 10AM and 4PM, when the sun is at its strongest. Remember to always wear sunscreen—and don’t forget to protect your lips, too!
2. Watch Your Diet
Like many other health issues, your diet is an important factor when it comes to your risk for developing oral cancer. A diet high in fruits, vegetables, and vitamin A can help make sure you have all the vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy.
3. Don’t Use Tobacco Products
Tobacco use has a variety of health risks—from potential lung cancer to stained teeth to gum disease and tooth loss. The unhealthy effects of tobacco are well known. Quitting smoking can not only improve the look and health of your teeth, but also reduce your risk for developing oral cancer.
4. Speak to a Doctor if You Have a Weakened Immune System
Those with a weakened immune system may have an increased risk of developing oral cancer. Talk to your doctor about how you can mitigate the risk and maintain a healthy mouth and body.
5. Practice Preventive Care
Preventive care is just what it sounds like—taking the steps to limit and prevent your risk for developing certain conditions. In addition to brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time and flossing every day, regular visits with Dr. Dean and our team can help us to spot and treat any potential issues before they become more serious.
To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next visit, contact us today.